Here’s how Central Florida is honoring MLK Jr.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Communities across Central Florida are coming together to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Here’s how counties across the region celebrated King in recent days:



Leaders and members of the community gathered in Eatonville on Saturday for the town’s MLK parade.

Orange County Sheriff John Mina, Rep. Val Demings and other local politicians also took part.

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Orlando canceled its planned MLK Jr. parade that was set for Saturday, and instead held a community showcase to celebrate King’s legacy outside of the Dr. Phillips Center.

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The YMCA of Central Florida, the Southwest Orlando Jaycees and the Mayor’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission presented the 2022 Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy Prayer Breakfast on Monday morning. The annual breakfast featured Dr. Vikki Kennedy Johnson as the event speaker for the virtual event.

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Alpha Kappa Alpha and Psi Theta Omega hosted a MLK drive-thru toiletry collection on Monday at Saint Mark AME Church in Orlando.

Marion County

Hundreds of Ocala residents took part in the city’s annual MLK parade down West Silver Springs Boulevard Monday morning. They assembled on streets leading to the city center and then set off westward along Silver Springs Boulevard, led by a police honor guard. The march ended at Webb Field at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

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Volusia County

Community members came together for an MLK March on Monday in Daytona Beach. The march started at Allen Chapel AME Church.

Photos: Here’s how Central Florida is honoring MLK Jr.


Christian Men in Action and the city of Clermont presented “Living The Dream,” a celebration commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday. The event included food and live entertainment.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.